Microwave Update 2017 – Call For Presentations and Papers

The Microwave Update 2017 program committee is calling for papers and presentations on the technical and operational aspects of microwave amateur radio communications.   Tell us about your latest project, design or operating adventures.  The technical program will take place Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, 2017, in Santa Clara, California.

Please e-mail your proposals, questions and submissions to mud2017.papers@gmail.com.  Don't wait until the beginning of September to let us know what you're planning!

Presentations selected for the technical program may be given in person or by proxy.   Please send an abstract and expected duration no later than September 5, 2017 so that we can determine and announce the program agenda the following week.  Ideally, send your draft presention by the same date.  See below for additional presentation guidelines. 

We encourage presenters to submit a companion paper for publication in the proceedings book.  This paper would ideally be text based and expand on the presentation slides, but a simple copy of the slides is also OK.  Either way, this material must be received no later than September 12, 2017 to be included in the book.   The Word file format is preferred for papers published in the proceedings book.  See below for recommended style and formatting guidelines. 

Additional material (presentation slides, schematics, source code, more text, background info, etc) to be included on the proceedings CD must arrive no later than October 8, 2017.    All conference attendees will receive a copy of the book and CD.    

Papers may be submitted even if there will not be a presentation, with the same publication deadlines (September 12 for the proceedings book and October 8 for the CD).   Short papers (1 or 2 pages) are welcome, in addition to full length.   Survey papers that summarize current know-how and tutorials that help and encourage newcomers are also welcome. 

Some topics may be organized and presented as workshops (for example, construction and measurement techniques).  Let us know what you propose.  

Mike Lavelle, K6ML, MUD 2017 Technical Program

Suggested topics include:

Paper Format and Style Guidelines

All papers should be in electronic format.  Word is the preferred format as it allows us to make layout changes if needed.  If sending a PDF, all fonts should be embedded.   We can also accept EXCEL, ACCESS and Power Point files.

Page size should be 8½ by 11-inches with top and side margins of 0.75 inches and bottom margin must be 1 inch.  It's not necessary to include page numbers, as we will add our own book page numbers before printing.  You don’t need to add any headers or footers. If you do include them, it’s likely they’ll be removed, or the page shrunk to include them.

You may use any font you’d like. The type should be clean and easy to read. We usually use 12 pt Times New Roman.  Either a one or two-column format is fine. We usually use one column.

Drawings should be embedded in the files, or sent separately for us to include.  Place them where you’d like them to appear, or indicate in the text where you would like them.  If placement is not indicated, drawings will run after the text.  Remember that the Proceedings book will print in black and white.  Multi colored graphs, etc, will be in shades of gray (hard to see).  Thin, light lines in drawings may drop out.

Photos may be color or black-and-white digital images, either embedded in text or as separate files.  Place them where you’d like them to appear, or indicate in the text where you would like them.  Don’t forget to indicate (in the text) where they should be placed.  If placement is not indicated, photos will run after the text.  Photos will print in gray scale. Unless there’s a specific reason, photos should 3 to 4 inches.  If they’re too large, they begin to lose resolution and appear muddy.

We print what we receive.   We do not copy edit (but will correct something if we notice it – or if you notice it and let us know).   We do try to make all papers somewhat uniform, but we do not redo each article.

Presentation Guidelines

Each presentation will occupy a time slot of 15 to 45 minutes plus intro and Q and A.  Let us know your time needed and we will work it out.   We anticipate a single track, so attendees will not have to miss any talks they want to hear.  That means talks must end on time to allow the following presenter to set up. 

A stand / hand microphone and public-address system will be available for those presenters who need it.  We will provide a projector, a screen and a VGA video cable allowing the use of either the house computer or the presenter’s laptop.  For people whose newer laptops only have an HDMI video port, we will have adapters. 

If you plan to use an overhead projector, slide projector or some other means of display, you must provide it yourself.  

Presenters are welcome to bring handouts for attendees.